Episodes (US): Season 1 (2011)



Critic Consensus: Hollywood satires have been done for decades, but Episodes' strong central performance and complex human relationships elevate its familiar premise.


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Air date: Jan 9, 2011
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Matt LeBlanc takes on the most difficult role of his life---playing Matt LeBlanc---in this TV-industry satire. Married Brits, Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan), come to the United States to produce a sitcom based on their hit UK programme, only to find that the new series is to be radically Americanised. In the series opener, upon their arrival in Hollywood the Lincolns discover the network honcho (John Pankow) wants to replace their choice of leading man, a classically trained actor (Richard Griffiths), with a "huge star, hysterically funny" and an American audience favourite, cue Matt LeBlanc. LeBlanc plays himself as a self-involved, arrogant, egotistical, serial bedder of women, be they single, married or involved. And he did it so well that he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Throughout Series 1, Matt battles personally and professionally with Beverly, who hates California and can't wait to get back to England, while befriending Sean, who loves sunny California and is in no hurry to return. And as the series comes to a close, something or someone has got to give, but whom?


Matt LeBlanc
as Matt LeBlanc
Stephen Mangan
as Sean Lincoln
Tamsin Greig
as Beverly Lincoln
John Pankow
as Merc Lapidus
Mircea Monroe
as Morning Randolph
Joseph May
as Andy Button
Daisy Haggard
as Myra Licht
Ben Miller
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Episodes (US) Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

It evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

So far, all involved somehow are doing something very right.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Episodes" is flawless and hilarious.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It offers a great cast, and some very tight, tart scripting.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

On balance, I'd say it's worth watching to find out.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

When you're attacking a big, fat target like the superficial, duplicitous nature of Hollywood, and being so relentless and bitter about it, you need to be much, much, much funnier than "Episodes" is.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

This promising satire is lost, however, when LeBlanc comes on the scene.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The show's creators have to decide whether they want revenge on the industry idiots who've crossed their paths, or if they want the audience [to] buy into comedic and dramatic situations that seem more grounded and less obvious.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Oh my God, people: I was wrong. To my shock, Episodes is great-the sharpest sitcom debut this year.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

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